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Ernesto Hernandez

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Food Law; Law and Culture; Post-colonialism; International Law; Contracts
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 417
Phone: (714) 628-2621
Scholarly Works:
SSRN Author Page
First-year Foundations Program
The University of Texas At Austin, Bachelor of Arts
Georgetown University, Master of Arts
The George Washington University, Juris Doctor


Ernesto Hernández-López joined the Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2005 and was promoted to Professor of Law with tenure in 2011.  His current research focuses on international law, post-colonialism, law and culture, law and food, and immigration.  He has published articles in U.S. legal journals such as the UCI Law Review, SMU Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, and others, in European law journals such as the Journal of World Trade, Journal of World Intellectual Property, and Butterworths International Banking and Financial Law Journal, and in South American journals Revista del Rosario and Revista Javeriana.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups.  He has served on the Scholarship Committee for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OCHBA), the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Immigration Policy Advisory Council.  In 2008, the Latin American business magazine Poder 360 named him as one of the “Top 50 Colombian Intellectuals in the United States.” He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law in 2001. Before law school, he served as an International Relations Research Professor at the Universidad del Rosario and as a Political Science Professor at the Universidad Javeriana, both in Santafé de Bogóta, Colombia.  He earned an M.A. with Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1996 and a B.A. with a double major in Latin American Studies (Honors) and History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  Professor Hernández-López is a native speaker and writer of English and Spanish, fluent in Portuguese, and proficient in French.

Courses Taught: Contracts I & II, Immigration & Refugee law, National Security Law, International Legal Theory, and Terror Films and Counter-Terror Policies (Freshman seminar)

List of Scholarly Publications

Recent Publication: Ernesto Hernández-López, “Sriracha: Lessons from the Legal Troubles of a Popular Hot Sauce,” Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food Studies, Vol. 15, No.4,  pp. 27–33, 2015 (UC Press) (peer reviewed) Read more...

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Book Review of Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law by Michael Fakhri, 19 GASTRONOMICA: JOURNAL OF CRITICAL FOOD STUDIES 94-95 (July, 2019)
Economic Crises from the Bottom Up: (in)Securities of Silencing a Racial Past and Present: Cluster Introduction, 21 BERKELEY LA RAZA LAW JOURNAL 203-14 (2012) (LatCrit XV symposium)
Guantánamo as Subordination: Detainees as Resisting Empire, 104 ASIL PROC. 472-476 (2011)
Guantánamo as a “Legal Black Hole”: A Base for Expanding Space, Markets, and Culture, 45 UNIV. SAN FRANCISCO LAW REV. 141-214 (2010)
Guantánamo outside and inside the U.S.: why is an American base a legal anomaly?, 18 AMERICAN UNIV. JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY, & THE LAW 471-501 (2010)
Op-ed, “Don't discourage food trucks,” ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Sep. 23, 2010.